Accessible Travel

Most public buildings are wheelchair accessible and have appropriate restroom facilities. Transportation services are generally accessible to all, and telephone companies provide relay operators for the hearing impaired. Many banks provide ATM instructions in Braille, curb ramps are common and many busy intersections have audible crossing signals.

There are a number of organizations that specialize in the needs of disabled travelers.

Access-Able Travel Source (www.access-able.com) An excellent website with many links.

Flying Wheels Travel (http://flyingwheelstravel.com) Specialist travel agency for travellers with disabilities.

Mobility International USA (www.miusa.org) Advises disabled travelers on mobility issues and runs an educational exchange program.

For more information, download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.